Ah bloody hell (Said in a cockney accent)..Â The Mets (52-60) play the middle game of the series against the D-Bags (51-62)Â as I likeÂ to call them.Â In their way, will be (RHP) Max Scherzer.Â Here’s the skinny on Scherzer (6-6 4.01 ERA, 1.39 WHIP).
Full Name: Â Maxwell M. Scherzer
Born: Â July 27,1984 Â inÂ St. Louis, Missouri
Height: Â 6-3Â Â Weight: Â 190Â Â Bats: Â RightÂ Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â Parkway Central (Chesterfield, Missouri)Â Â “Colts”
College: Â University of Missouri
Drafted: Â Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in 1st Round (11th overall) of 2006 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
Lifetime RecordÂ (6-10 3.70 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)
Â Per MLB.com,
Scherzer has struggled in his last two outings, but offensive support has helped him avoid losses and instead come away with no decisions in those games. His last time out against the Pirates he held them to two runs through the first five innings before the Pirates scored three off him as part of a four-run sixth that chased him from the game. Over his last two outings he has allowed nine runs in 9 1/3 innings. It’s quite a contrast to his start prior to that stretch which also came against the Pirates on July 26. In that game he held the Bucs scoreless for seven innings while striking out eight.
Scherzer’s last 2 outings according to Foxsports –
Sat. Aug 1, 2009 – Scherzer allowed the Mets to score four runs on six hits in four innings Saturday en route to a no-decision.
He was pulled after four innings after just 87 pitches. He had gone 100+ in six of his previous eight starts, so pitch count was not a contributing factor in his exit. The Associated Press reports he hit 97 mph with his fastball, so lack of velocity was not a cause for struggle either.(RotoWire, 8:14:34 pm)
Jul 26, 2009 – Scherzer dominated the Pirates Sunday, striking out eight in seven scoreless innings.
Scherzer (6-6) allowed five hits without walking a batter on 109 pitches, lowering his ERA to 3.61. Scherzer picked up his first win since June 23 and looked much better than his last outing, when he allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings. Of course, that outing was at Coors Field and probably should have been discounted a little.(RotoWire, 5:56:43 pm)
Scouting Report per Sprtsnet.ca –
Assets – Has a very projectable frame for a starting pitcher. Can be overpowering and downright nasty at times. Also has the stuff for short relief.
Flaws – Gets into trouble when he loses focus and the command of his fastball. Must remain dominant over several innings in order to thrive as a starter.
Per thebaseballcube –
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.
***Tidbit - Scherzer was born with heterochromia; his right eye is blue and his left one is brown. (Wouldnt that be considered a distraction to the hitter?Â No?Â Well Im desperate for a win people.)